Four years after taking the national stage in support of her husband at the Democratic National Convention in 2008, First Lady Michelle Obama returned to the spotlight Tuesday night in Charlotte, North Carolina to convince voters to re-elect Barack Obama as President of the United States.
Showing off her trim figure in a feminine, multi-colored sleeveless Tracy Reese number (paired with J. Crew heels to match), the first lady culminated a night of speakers spanning from Hollywood to Washington, D.C. with a few words of her own—focusing on the integrity of her husband and his conviction in the American dream.
"When people ask me whether being in the White House has changed my husband, I can honestly say that when it comes to his character, and his convictions, and his heart, Barack Obama is still the same man I fell in love with all those years ago," said Michelle. "He's the same man who, when our girls were first born, would anxiously check their cribs every few minutes to ensure they were still breathing, proudly showing them off to everyone we knew."
Citing their parents' humble beginnings, Michelle assured voters her husband's priority is in promoting higher education, as both he and she came from families who worked hard to ensure their children would attend college and achieve success.
"Like so many American families, our families weren't asking for much… They simply believed in that fundamental American promise that, even if you don't start out with much, if you work hard and do what you're supposed to do, then you should be able to build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids and grandkids...Those are the values Barack and I — and so many of you — are trying to pass on to our own children…Barack knows the American dream because he's lived it and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we're from, or what we look like, or who we love."
Above all, the first lady identified herself best as "Mom-in-Chief," and shortly after leaving the stage that night the president tweeted a photo of himself with his two daughters watching their mom's speech proudly from The White House in Washington D.C.